onsdag, oktober 20, 2010

Goat sacrifice row spurs fatal stampede in Bihar

An argument over sacrificing goats on the last day of Navratri festival triggered a stampede that killed 10 people on Sunday in a packed temple here.

“More than 45,000 devotees had thronged the temple at Tildiha village under Sambhuganj Police Station area for offering prayers and sacrificing goats when the stampede occurred," said Director General of Police (DGP) Neelmani.

He said the injured are being treated at hospitals in Tarapur and Banka.

“As the worshippers lined up before the butcher, a scuffle broke out and some people were trampled,” Banka district spokesman Gupdeshwar Kumar said.

“People were vying with each other to get their goats sacrificed first, and they had a verbal duel with the butcher,” Kumar said.
Four women and six men died in the stampede, and another 11 were injured, three of them critically," Neelmani said.